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Poster: William Tell Date: Jul 21, 2014 12:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: beast of a show for a newbie

I guess because you asked for "shows" folks just followed it without thinking, but frankly, NO ONE WAS thinking...you've been bored w this before; having done this dozens and dozens of times, you CANNOT start w a show, not even my beloved 68.

You start w studio albums, Work/Beauty. Period. That wins them over since they realize they can play and they can sing. If it doesn't, drop the project.

Truly.

It takes a long time to get them to a show w poor vocals (most all shows, any era, right?) and all the other issues over the yrs....unless they were already a jam band fan, in which case, this is unnecessary, by defn, right?, I have never known it to work by either 1) taking a person to a show, or 2) playing them a show...it just wasn't done, in my day anyhoo...

Anyone hereabouts ready to say that you won over a complete novice by using live recordings rather than studio/live releases?

I just don't think so...

;)

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Poster: BVD Date: Jul 21, 2014 4:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: beast of a show for a newbie

Agree with Mr. Tell on this one. One night many,many years ago (Christmas Eve-1970) I was at a friends house and ate waaaaaaay to much orange sunshine and was having a rough go of it. I was laying on the floor in the living room and someone put A.B. on the turntable.From the opening chords of Box of Rain I immediately started feeling better and was mellowing out. By the time Truckin' came on I had dropped a couple of hundred thousand feet and could actually put a sentence together. If someone would have put on 10/12/68 I probably would have ran out of there screaming. Studio albums are the way to go for newbies.IMO. Almost a year passed before I saw them live at the Felt Forum. I was ready. During that time I had bought every album available and got familiar with their work. There might have been a few tapes available by then. I honestly don't remember.

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Poster: sakanaband Date: Jul 21, 2014 11:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: beast of a show for a newbie

I'm amazed nobody has suggested JGB. Garcia ' s bands are almost always more approachable for a newb. Vocals are much less the issue and he largely sticks to covers of standards. The Melvin Sears years are a no-brainer and I'd also think Garcia and Saunders is pretty accessible and shows off Garcia ' s guitar chops exceptionally well with a straightforward sound. 1973 Berkeley stuff is exemplary without lame flute and mediocre sax work added the next couple years.

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Poster: user unknown Date: Jul 21, 2014 6:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: beast of a show for a newbie

Eternally Grateful from Starbucks Music is a decent introduction too. It is a 2 disc set. Disc 1 is all studio, and disc 2 is live material.